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Defending champion Dominican Republic blanks Venuzeula

Mar 17, 2017

Defending champion Dominican Republic blanks Venuzeula

Nelson Cruz hit his third home run of the tournament and Gregory Polanco also went deep, leading the defending World Baseball Classic champion Dominican Republic to a 3-0 victory Thursday night that pushed Venezuela to the brink of elimination. The Dominican Republic (1-1) had ...

Mar 16, 2017

Yankees' Tanaka heaps praise on Samurai Japan

Masahiro Tanaka is impressed with Japan’s performance in the World Baseball Classic. “They’ve won a couple of the tournaments but I think it’s the first time that they’ve won every single game coming up to this point,” the New York Yankees ace said Wednesday ...

Jones, Hosmer spark U.S. rally against Venezuela

Mar 16, 2017

Jones, Hosmer spark U.S. rally against Venezuela

On a night when well-hit balls died on the warning track, Petco Park finally yielded to a hometown favorite and the All-Star Game MVP. Adam Jones hit a tying home run leading off the eighth inning and Eric Hosmer added a two-run shot three ...

Pitching coach Gondo contributing to Japan's success at WBC

Mar 16, 2017

Pitching coach Gondo contributing to Japan's success at WBC

When Japan travels to Los Angeles for the championship round of the World Baseball Classic, the team will be joined by 78-year-old pitching coach Hiroshi Gondo. Two-time champion Japan beat Israel 8-3 on Wednesday to improve to 6-0 in the tournament. Samurai Japan will ...

Dutch move closer to WBC semifinals with win over Cuba

Mar 15, 2017

Dutch move closer to WBC semifinals with win over Cuba

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Netherlands manager Hensley “Bam-Bam” Meulens and Andruw Jones, who is serving as one of the team’s coaches, staged an impromptu home run derby during practice on Tuesday, prompting one of the team’s staffers to remark that the Dutch had the best-hitting coaching staff in ...

Venezuela punches ticket to second round of WBC

Mar 14, 2017

Venezuela punches ticket to second round of WBC

Miguel Cabrera hit a tying homer and Rougned Odor delivered a go-ahead single during a three-run rally in the ninth inning that carried Venezuela past Italy 4-3 on Monday night and into the second round of the World Baseball Classic. In a one-game tiebreaker ...